Best Residential BMP in the Bay

This category recognizes exceptional stormwater practices installed on a residential property. Example projects include: rain gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, vegetated roofs, conservation landscaping, tree planting, downspout disconnection or soil amendments.

A strong project in this category:

  1. Effectively treat a substantial portion of runoff from the property
  2. Provide aesthetic improvements to the property
  3. Include unique or creative design features to improve practice function
  4. Provide other benefits to the homeowner such as reduced basement flooding, reduced heating or cooling costs or ‘backyard” habitat for songbirds and pollinators

First Place

A Series of RiverSmart BMPs Installed on a Slope

Series of BMPs on the Mr. Sean Mitchell’s residential property.

Project Team:

Mr. Sean Mitchell (Homeowner)

District Department of Energy and Environment

Bona Terra LLC

To address severe basement flooding caused by a sloped backyard, a creative series of BMPs were installed through the RiverSmart Homes Program. These practices included the extension of a downspout uphill from the home, a 132 gallon rain barrel which overflow to a 65 square foot rain garden, and a 120 square foot BayScaping installed downhill from the rain garden. The solution was an innovative approach to a difficult site constraint, and has converted a homeowner into a neighborhood steward.

To read the full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive!

Second Place

Virginia Conservation Assistance Program – Elisa Meara Residence

Conservation landscape one year after installation.

Project Team:

Ms. Elisa Meara (Homeowner)

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

The Meara residence project involved the installation of conservation landscaping, a dry well/infiltration pit and a rain garden. The series of practices capture and treat 100% of the runoff from the property and are now used as a demonstration site. The homeowner has offered tours of her yard to the community, served as meeting site for the Plant NOVA Natives organization, and has served as a host site in NVSWCD’s 2018 Sustainable Garden Tour.

To read the full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive!

Honorable Mention

Reducing Runoff in Rock Creek Through a Downspout Disconnection Program

Disconnected downspout and newly installed rain barrel.

Project Team:

Rock Creek Conservancy

D.C. Water and Sewer Authority

A little different from other projects in the category, this program stood out for its large scope and impact. Since 2017, Rock Creek Conservancy has disconnected 252 downspouts and installed 140 rain barrels at 186 homes. The cost-effective, voluntary program offers a number of significant co-benefits, including resident education around the problems of the CSS, and employment, training, and professional development of 18 under-employed DC residents.

To read the full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive!